Book Review by Aarene Storms: The Backstagers

Saturday, November 17, 2018

The Backstagers: Rebels Without Applause  (graphic novel)
by James Tynion IV

Jory is the new kid at St Genesius Prepatory High School, and he is dubious about finding new friends. He contemplates joining the Drama Club, but is sent away to find a prop ... which is where he discovers the weird, wild, and wonderful world of the Backstage. Behind the scenes, the people are diverse, the demands are fast, and the tool rats are ... actual rats that sometimes glow in the dark.... 

And, of course, there are the rumors of monsters and missing people in the rooms behind the stage.

What could possibly go wrong?

Anyone who has spent time in theater -- on stage or behind the scenes -- will love the wild adventures, the bright colors, and the over-the-top characters. Highly recommended, I can't wait to read Volume 2.

No sex, no drugs, no blood. Some bullying, some monsters, some psychedelic paint and some very unusual stage props.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true.  --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


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